Architects involved in the design of residential spaces will converge on New Orleans Dec. 6–8 for residential architect's 2010 Reinvention Symposium, but it's not the only design-focused game in town that month. In fact, Reinvention lands nearly smack in the middle of a 10-day event held annually by the AIA New Orleans chapter: DesCours.
Now in its fourth year, DesCours is a celebration of contemporary architecture and visual arts. Running Dec. 3–12, DesCours showcases the city's unique architectural and cultural identity while exploring the latest in design and technology through new media and interactive art installations, accompanied by nightly changing entertainment provided by local musicians. Three public parties also will be held, celebrating the event's start, midpoint, and end.
In 2010, 15 teams of architects were chosen from around the world to create site-responsive installations to transform the city's hidden spaces—those nooks and crannies rarely, if ever, seen by visitors, such as private courtyards, vacant buildings, and rooftops. (The name "DesCours" is a play on courette, the French word for "courtyard.") Installations will be concentrated within the French Quarter and the Central Business District.
Installation artists for DesCours 2010 include:
· Greg Barton and Emma Chammah, Chimera+ (Brooklyn, N.Y.)
· Eric Bury and Farid Noufaily (Toronto)
· Elizabeth Chen and Arthur Terry (New Orleans)
· Michael Cohen and Sarah Weisberg (New Orleans)
· HamiltonAnderson Associates (Detroit)
· Haruka Horiuchi (Brooklyn, N.Y.)
· John Kleinschmidt and Andy Sternad (New Orleans)
· Luftwerk (Chicago)
· John Manaves, Protostudio (Chicago)
· Eric Nulman (Venice, Calif.)
· Gernot Riether (Atlanta)
· Edward Richardson and April Clark, Clark | Richardson Architects (Austin, Texas)
· Doris Sung (Los Angeles)
· TZCO (New Orleans)
· Wendy Teo Boon Ting (London)
The AIA New Orleans' Center for Design, the only dedicated architecture and design exhibition space in Louisiana, serves as DesCours' headquarters. Self-guided and docent-led tours will leave from the center, located at St. Charles Avenue and Lee Circle.
DesCours is a free event that kicks off with a VIP opening Dec. 3, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Installations are open to the public nightly Dec. 4–12 from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. For full installation details, including maps and an event guide, visit www.descours.us.